Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Lunar ‘Zoo’ Year

Celebrate the Lunar “Zoo” Year from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd. The always-balmy Tropical Forest will be festively decorated for the occasion.

In celebration of the Year of the Rat, you’ll learn fun facts about some of these rodents during zookeeper chats. Prepare to let your creativity soar at the craft table where you can make your own traditional Chinese lantern.

A performance of the lion dance by The Imperial Lion Dance Team will take place at noon and a performance from Boston’s Chinese Dulcimer group will be held at 1 p.m. in the Tropical Forest Hippo Theater.

Visit for general admission tickets and other information.

Boomerang Bags Boston Sew-A-Thon

Do good + learn new skills + try your hands at new machines + meet incredible people + be an environmental warrior + put your hands, mind and heart to work for a great cause from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19 at Stitch House Dorchester, 846 Dorchester Ave.

There are many ways to help out – ironing, folding, measuring and cutting, pinning, silkscreening, collecting fabric, and even learning how to sew – to make boomerang (re-usable) bags to donate to food banks, family shelters, and senior homes for distribution.

To learn more, visit

To help out anytime, visit

MLK Day free admission at zoos

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Franklin Park Zoo (One Franklin Park Rd.) and Stone Zoo (149 Pond St. in Stoneham) will offer free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20.

Guests are invited to write messages of hope and peace on murals located within the Tropical Forest Pavilion at Franklin Park Zoo and within the Animal Discovery Center at Stone Zoo. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend a memorable day with family and friends while learning about fascinating wildlife from all over the world.

Visit for tickets and other information.

MLK Luncheon &Tennis Tourney

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon and Tennis Tournament will be held on Monday, Jan. 20 at the Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center, 950 Blue Hill Ave.

Pay tribute to one of American’s great leaders, enjoy a luncheon, and play a round-robin tennis tournament as follows:

9 a.m. Red & Orange Ball Play Day; 10:30 a.m. Remembrance Presentation by The Learning Center at Sportsmen’s; 11:15 a.m. Lunch (Sandwich Buffet) & Adult/Junior Tournament Check-in; 12:30 p.m. Tribute Tournament; 3 p.m. Announcement of Winners; 3:30 p.m. Closing.

Visit for tickets and other information. Spectators welcome.

‘Celebrate!’ Series

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at Columbia Point will host the “Celebrate!” family programming series from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. as follows:

Jan. 20 “Benkadi Drum and Dance;” Jan. 25: “Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy – “The Lion Dance;” Feb. 29: Valerie Tutson – “Tales from African Traditions;” Mar. 14: Celtic Bells – “The Irish in Boston;” Mar. 28: Bright Star Theatre – “We Can Do It! American Woman Through History;” and Apr. 21: Rick Adams – “Red’s Recycle-O-Rama.”

For more information and registration, visit or phone 617-514-1644.

'The Citizen’s Senate' Premiere

Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at Columbia Point for the premiere of “The Citizen’s Senate,” a new educational program that features a combination of archival footage and live performance in order to highlight key moments in American history when citizens have compelled the US Senate to act.

The first installment which will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 will examine the struggles and ultimate success of the final decade of the women’s suffrage movement. The event will include a reception, performance of the program, and panel discussion.

Visit for reservations and other information.

Relax and Release Yoga

Join Yogi, Melody Sylvain for a relaxing all ages yoga class from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and Feb. 18 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd.

Visit for other information.

Teen sewing class

A fun and creative introductory sewing program will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and Jan. 29 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd.

Ms. Stephanie Cave, quilter and maker, will teach participants the basics of sewing. During the four sessions participants will make a pillow and other simple projects.

Visit for registration and other information.

Make and Take: Candle Making

Make a soy candle to take home from 6 to 7 pm. on Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd.

This program is appropriate for youth, ages 10 and older and geared for adults.

Visit for registration and other information.

Judy Garland film series

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St. will host classic Judy Garland movies from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays as follows:

“Ziegfeld Girls” (Jan. 24); and “A Star is Born” (Jan. 31).

Visit for other information.

‘The Shift’ at Stitch House

A meet-up and evening of wine and cheese for everyone who has knit, is knitting or is curious about following the patterns of “The Shift” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 at the Stitch House, 846 Dorchester Ave.

During the gathering, you can admire each other’s color choices, inspire those of you who are still in the process and praise each other’s creativity.

Reserve your free spot using coupon code “The Shift” at

Mosaic workshop

Do you want to learn the ancient art of mosaics?

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St. will host a three-part Mosaic Workshop for adults from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 through Feb. 8.

Participants will design and create a 6”x6” glass mosaic art panel to take home. Bring your ideas about a design you would like to create and the library will provide the rest.

Visit for required registration and other information.

Chinese New Year Drop-In Craft

Celebrate Chinese New Year with crafts featuring Rats and Dragons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd.

This is a drop-in activity for kids of all ages.

Visit for other information.

Pierce House Tour

The Piece House (1683) at 24 Oakton Ave. will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 25. The last tour begins an hour before closing.

The Pierce House is one of the last surviving examples of seventeenth-century architecture in the city of Boston. Lived in by ten generations of one family, the house documents the building practices and tastes of the Pierces over three centuries. Family members expanded and adapted their house to meet demands for space, function, comfort and privacy. The Pierce family’s story highlights key aspects of social, local and New England history.

For more information and tickets ($5 adults; $4 seniors; $2.50 students), visit

New Contemporary Romance Book Club

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St. will hold the first meeting of the Between the Covers (a Contemporary Romance) Book Club from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27.

The group will discuss My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren.

Copies of the books are available at the library Circulation Desk.

Visit for other information.

Brown Bag Book Club

Join a book discussion from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month at the Stitch House, 846 Dorchester Ave.

Bring your lunch and your knitting, of course.

Visit for other information.

Devine ice skating rink schedule

The DCR Devine Memorial Rink at 995 Morrissey Blvd. is open for public skating through Mar. 21.

Public Skating Hours: Sunday from 4 to 5:50 p.m.; Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 2:20 p.m.; and Saturdays from 7 to 8:50 p.m.

Phone 617-436-4356 for holiday and school vacation changes and other information.

Dudley Reads Book Club

Join the Dudley Reads Book Club, hosted by the Dudley Branch librarians, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at the Frugal Bookstore, 57 Warren St. in Roxbury.

The book selections are Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (Feb. 3) and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (Mar. 2)

Visit and/or for other information.

Tracing Our Roots Workshops

Want to learn more about your ancestors, but not sure how to start? A four-class Tracing Our Roots workshop will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Feb. 4 through Feb. 25 at the Freedom House, 6 Crawford St.

To register, visit or phone 765-734-3736.

BGCB Annual Dinner 2020

The annual dinner hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St.

Each year, corporate and civic leaders gather for BGCB’s Annual Dinner to help build a better Boston. Attended by more than 800 people, Annual Dinner raises critical funds to support our city’s young people who need us the most. These funds immediately work to help their members succeed academically, make healthy choices, build strong character, and practice good citizenship.

Cocktails will be served at 5:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Visit for tickets and sponsorships.

Souper Bowl Fundraiser

The 12th annual Boston Souper Bowl fundraiser will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade St. in Roxbury. There will be four entrance times on the hour from 2 to 5 p.m.

More than a dozen phenomenal chefs will serve soups made from locally sourced ingredients to benefit Haley House’s programs which include a soup kitchen, housing, education and training, and social enterprise.

Upon entering, attendees will select a handcrafted ceramic bowl, courtesy of MassArt’s Center for Community Partnership and Clay for Change. Moving from station to station, guests will be treated to delicious soups. At the end of the event, attendees are invited to take their handmade bowls home.

Visit for tickets and other information.

Hatha Yoga

Join Integral Yoga Instructor Alicia Zipp from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays for Hatha Yoga at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

Beginners are welcome.

Visit for other information.

Winter Farmers Market

The Winter Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Mar. 28 in The Great Hall of the Codman Square Health Center, 6 Norfolk St.

Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables and listen to a live performance and/or enjoy crafts when available.

SNAP match and SNAP/HIP/EBT accepted.

If you would like to volunteer, email Whitney at

Dorchester Running Club

The Dorchester Running Club believes that exercise should be fun and social so bring a friend and join them at 7 a.m. on Saturdays for a Group Run/Walk at the Garvey Park, Neponset Ave.

Everyone is welcome – all paces, abilities and fitness levels included.

Follow them on Facebook or Twitter: @dotrunners.

Latino Dance Lessons

Latino Dance Lessons will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Beginners) and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (Advanced) on Sundays through Apr. 26 at the Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club, 15 Talbot Ave.

Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa – polish your skills or learn new dance moves for their annual gala in May. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Each class is $12 with discounts available.

This event is presented by Latino Law Enforcement Group of Boston (LLEGO) in partnership with Noche Latina Dance Company.

For more information, contact Jeanette Origel at

Two Dollar-A-Bag Sites

Fair-food Inc. provides fresh vegetables, fruits and an assortment of other products for $2 a bag. All people are welcome; no ID or sign-ups are required. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to unload, pack, and clean up.

The trucks will be at the following Dorchester area Two Dollar-A-Bag Sites:

Franklin Field Senior Center, 100 Ames St. (off Westview Street) from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays; Peabody Englewood Apt., 1875 Dorchester Ave. from 3 to 5 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays; New Franklin Park Apt., 282 Talbot Ave. at Aspinwall St. inside the community center from noon to 1:30 p.m. on alternate Fridays; Upham's Corner Health Center, 415 Columbia Rd. from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays; and the Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington St. from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

The trucks will be at following Grove Hall area Two Dollar-A-Bag Sites:

First Parish Church, 10 Parish St. Meetinghouse Hill (next to Mather School) from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Fridays; Lena Park Community Center, 150 American Legion Hwy from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays; and Bethel Hispanic Seventh Day Church, One Dix St. (corner of Dorchester Ave) from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays.

The trucks will be at the following Field’s Corner area Two Dollar-A-Bag Sites:

Mohammed's Mosque No. 11, 10 Washington St. (Unity Plaza) from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Grove Hall Senior Bldg., 51 Geneva Ave. from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on alternate Fridays.

Visit for other information. For questions and concerns, phone 617-288-6185.

Walking Group/Snow Shoeing

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a family-friendly Walking Group/Snowshoeing group as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 9 a.m. on Sundays through April 26 at Franklin Park.

Experience the strength-training and cardio benefits of walking or snowshoeing through Franklin Park. Meet at the William J. Devine Clubhouse, One Circuit Dr., Jamaica Plain, for a group walk that is sure to work your core, quads, and lung capacity. All fitness levels are welcome. Distances may vary. Dress for the weather.

Visit or phone 617-534-2355 for other information.


The Boston Parks and Recreation is hosting a family-friendly Bootcamp class as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays through April 29 at the ADSL Building at Town Field, 1545 Dorchester Ave.

Bootcamp is designed to target your cardiovascular system and muscles utilizing exercises such as jumping jacks, push-ups, and lunges. All fitness levels are welcome.

Visit or phone 617-534-2355 for other information.

Thursday Social Crafting

The Stitch House, 846 Dorchester Ave. welcomes all knitters and crocheters to join the yarn fun around the table from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

This is a social gathering for good company and good conversation – no instructions will be provided. Feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share.

Visit for other information.

Community game night

The Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington St. hosts a community game night on the first Mondays of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The library will have a variety of tabletop games for all ages.

Visit for other information.

Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance

Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester through June 11.

This inclusive program promotes movement exploration in a safe and supported environment, encourages social and emotional growth, and is taught by highly qualified faculty with extensive backgrounds in teaching and dance education for individuals with disabilities, ages 8 through 12 of all abilities.

For more information visit or contact Erin Ferrara, Director of Inclusive Services at or phone 617-288-7120.

Mobile market program

The Fresh Connect Truck is at 398 Neponset Ave. from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and at 230 Bowdoin St. from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays; and at 1353 Dorchester Ave. from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 198 Geneva Ave. from 2 to 4 p.m. and at 100 Ames St. from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays throughout the year.

For more information, visit

Teen gaming

The Grove Hall Branch Library at 41 Geneva Ave. hosts teen gaming on the PS4 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays through June 26.

For more information, phone 617-427-3337 or email

Ladies of Love Women’s Ministry

Ladies of Love Women’s Ministry will be held at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month at Greater Love Tabernacle, 101 Nightingale St.

Ladies of Love provides a place where women can safely voice their life experiences, whether they are traumatic disappointments or victories and discover love within themselves, through sisterhood and the love of Christ.

The group is open to women from various churches and denominations throughout Boston in efforts to unite women through the word of God, worship and fellowship.

For more information, visit or phone 617-740-9480.

Stories, Stories, Stories

Pre-school story-time will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Fridays at Codman Square Branch Library at 690 Washington St.

There will be pictures books, songs and crafts for kids, 2 through 5 years of age.

For more information, phone 617-436-8214.

Adult Stress Relief Coloring

Adult Stress Relief Coloring will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays at Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

Colored pencils and coloring books will be provided or feel free to bring your own.

For more information, call the library at 617-436-2155.

SCSEP information sessions

If you are an income eligible job seeker, age 55 years or older from Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester counties, you can attend an information session to learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at 10 a.m. on most Fridays at Operation ABLE, 174 Portland St. (5th Floor).

This is an earn-while-you learn program which can led to a return to the regular workforce.

Pre-registration at is encouraged; walk-ins are welcome.

Quilting classes

Quilting classes will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 16 at the Codman Square Branch Library at 690 Washington St.

Bring all the supplies and materials needed and learn how to cut, piece, sew, embellish, bind and finish a quilt. At the end of the year there will be a quilting show to display all the amazing quilts.

For more information, visit

Homework help

Free drop-in homework help and mentorship for students in grades K-8 will be provided by trained, high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Codman Square (690 Washington St.), Fields Corner (1520 Dorchester Ave.), Grove Hall (41 Geneva Ave.), Lower Mills (27 Richmond St.) and Uphams Corner (500 Columbia Rd.) Branch Libraries through May 21.

Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University's Public School Partnerships Team, the developers of SmartTALK, a program that uses research-based tools, strategies, and resources to support students during homework time.

No registration is required.

For more information, visit

BTU homework help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. through May 28 on Mondays and Thursdays at Codman Square (690 Washington St.) and Lower Mills (27 Richmond St.), on Tuesdays at Fields Corner (1520 Dorchester Ave.), on Thursdays at the Grove Hall (41 Geneva Ave.) and every day at Uphams Corner (600 Columbia Rd.) Branch libraries.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit

BPS SpedPac meetings

The general meetings of the Boston Public School’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (BPS SpedPac) will typically be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month from through May 28 at the Richard J. Murphy School, 1 Worrell St.

BPS SpedPac is a citywide multi-lingual, multi-cultural council of parent volunteers that provides a voice and gives support for parents of children with special needs. The group works with the schools to ensure that children get the services and the support they need to develop to their full potential.

All parents are welcome and encouraged to participate. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, including the monthly meeting topics, visit